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January 19 is General Robert E. Lee's birthday. It’s also the date of an official Texas state holiday Confederate Heroes Day. This year it happened to also be the date of the national Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

The Texas Senate has approved a proposed amendment to the Texas Constitution that would guarantee Texans’ rights to hunt and fish, and it is now headed to the House for a vote.

The amendment would not affect any current laws but would add a constitutional provision that would legally prohibit any future limitation of hunting or fishing.

Ryan E. Poppe

A bipartisan group of members of the Texas House has come up with a way to change the funding formula for school districts this session. The effort, related to property taxes, would fully restore the cuts taken from public education in 2011.

The plan would adjust per pupil spending by changing the funding formulas that feed into local school districts. House leaders hope those changes would result in an additional $2.2 to 3 billion dollars for schools.

On Tuesday, the Texas House’s Public Health Committee heard testimony from people on potential legislation that could change when a person facing a terminal illness could be given experimental drugs. The bill, introduced in the state House last month, would lessen restrictions on medication for compassionate use.

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The Texas Senate gave preliminary approval to a measure that would add handguns to the list of items students are allowed to carry in their college backpacks. An initial vote on the bill went down along party lines 20 to 11, with the Republican majority holding strong.

Currently, college students and faculty that have a license to carry their concealed handguns in public are not allowed to carry them on many state college campuses. The bill by Granbury Republican Sen. Brian Birdwell would allow these licensed gun owners to carry their handgun and textbooks in the same backpack while on a state college campus.

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